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Members Gather Under The Big Top

“Ladies and gentleman, direct your attention to the St. Charles Convention Center for an amazing 13th Annual BOMA/IFMA/IREM Industry Expo!”

OK, there was no ringmaster to make that announcement but several IFMA members joined hundreds of other industry professionals at the annual event on May 24. The day lived up to its billing: Under The Big Top.

Jointly sponsored by the St. Louis chapters of IFMA, BOMA (Building Owners Management Association) and IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), the annual gathering gave members a chance to learn, explore new products and network, a proverbial three-ring circus of activities.

The Big Top opened with a luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Jill Farmer, former TV reporter turned life coach. Farmer enthralled and entertained her audience by teaching strategies that get things done that matter without losing your mind. That’s right. She preaches that the right mindset helps launch meaningful action and ways to prioritize time. Productivity and energy can go hand-in-hand without stressing out.

After the lunch, time to hit the Big Top’s exhibit hall were more than 70 suppliers showcased their wares and services. Of course, more than half of those exhibitors were no strangers since they are IFMA members! And many of them joined the fun by decorating their booths in circus motif, handing out popcorn and cotton candy, and a few even put on their best clown faces and ringmaster costumes.

Besides learning more about the latest and greatest products and services, attendees were rewarded for visiting booths with prizes such as IPads, Cardinals’ tickets and more.

What better way to end the day Under The Big Top than a networking reception. Industry members gathered for beverages and hors d’oeuvres before heading home.

A special thanks to the planning committee and all our volunteers. And we appreciate our Big Top sponsors:

  • Corporate: Woodard
  • Event: AT&T, Buildingstars Commercial Cleaning, Solutions Diversified and Voss Lighting
  • Expo Talks: Growing Green Inc.
  • Happy Hour: Ferguson Roofing
  • Photography: BSR Services
  • Show Bag: Whelan Security